Suffolk ranks as one of the richest counties in terms of its heritage assets. It hosts over 13,000 designated listed buildings and 173 conservation areas as well as numerous buildings of local importance.

The cultural, environmental, economic and social contribution of Suffolk’s heritage to the county cannot be overestimated.

Campaigning for Suffolk’s Heritage

SPS monitors planning applications affecting the county’s conservation areas and listed buildings.  We pride ourselves on making sound, well-argued representations to prevent harmful impacts on this precious heritage. We also work to ensure that the policy framework for the management of Suffolk’s heritage is effective.

SPS is also passionate about the importance of our more humble heritage and we raise awareness of the planning tools available to protect it. We encourage the identification of undesignated heritage assets, which have local architectural or social history significance.

How SPS can help

SPS offers advice and support to all those who are working to look after Suffolk’s heritage. This includes amenity societies, campaign groups and parish councils as well as individual property owners and neighbours.

We can signpost to expert local craftspeople and specialist built-environment professionals. Or we can just give a bit of helpful advice on some of the pitfalls to avoid when preparing a listed building application.

We offer advice to local councils and communities, facing an application for changes affecting a listed building or development within a conservation area. The aim is to help them navigate the often complex planning system and make robust and effective consultation responses.

We provide help and advice to neighbourhood plan groups and others responding to Local Plans consultations to ensure that policies are effective at protecting our historic environment.

We also aim to empower local people to take the best care of their historic environment by running heritage training events.

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